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If you grew up in the 80's what books did you enjoy?

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wume · 30/04/2015 13:19

I am on the hunt for books I read as a child to give to dd1.

I read lots but can only remember Enid Blyton books.

What did you read that may trigger my memories?

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BabyOnBoob · 30/04/2015 13:26

Beatrix Potter

GoingToBedfordshire · 30/04/2015 13:34

How old? I have just ordered the first of the Ramona series by Beverley Cleary for dd1 who is 8. I loved them.

She has also read the Fudge series by Judy Blume. When she's a bit older, I'll see if she wants to read the rest like Are You There God, It's Me Margaret.

For younger children, I loved the Garden Gang books published by Ladybird. Not sure if you can still get them, my Mum kept mine for my kids.

I loved the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy too, as does dd1.

Will be watching this thread for more ideas.

wume · 30/04/2015 13:53

I remember the Garden Gang Grin

DD1 is 7

She is reading secret seven at the moment and she really liked Pippi Longstocking

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Fallulah · 02/05/2015 23:07

Little Women
The Secret Garden
The Magic Faraway Tree, Mallory Towers and Secret Seven.
Lots of Anne Fine books
I loved Roald Dahl - The BFG, Matilda, James and The Giant Peach, The Twits
I collected all the Babysitter Club books, but I think even at 10/11 I knew they were trash; I just liked how they looked on the shelf!
When I was a bit older - 12 ish - I got into Judy Blume and there was another similar author who wrote about a girl who went to help at summer camp. I'm sure the girl's name was Marci but I don't remember the author.

ThursdayLast · 02/05/2015 23:09

I loved The Saddle Club books but I think they're a bit older than 7.

Gosh, I don't seem to able to remember a thing I read now! And I read a lot.

Fallulah · 02/05/2015 23:12

Another three I've just remembered...

Ballet Shoes..the original before they messed about with it and wrote strange updated sequels and prequels.

Goodnight Mr Tom

The Borrowers

coppertop · 02/05/2015 23:16

The Ruby Ferguson books about Jill and her ponies.

Judy Blume.

WhenWillYouMakeMyTelephoneRing · 02/05/2015 23:17

Enid Blyton
then Sweet Valley High, teen romances, Judy Blume, Jacob Have I Loved, Z for Zachariah, David Eddings as I got older

Imisscheese · 02/05/2015 23:18

I loved all the Enid Blyton books, the silver brumby series were great and I adored Anne of Green Gables.

My daughter loved the famous five, the worst witch and anything by Ronald Dahl. DP swears by Swallows and Amazon's and can't wait to read it to DS.

Imisscheese · 02/05/2015 23:18

Not Ronald - Roald!

FeelingSmurfy · 02/05/2015 23:19

Roald Dahl
Babysitters Club
The Famous Five
Fudge Books
Judy Blume Books
TheMagic Wishing Chair

TheBookofRuth · 02/05/2015 23:19

I liked the Anastasia series - anyone else remember that?

Tokelau · 02/05/2015 23:22

Ballet Shoes, White Boots and the four Gemma books.

Enid Blyton, especially the St Clare's and Malory Towers books.

Pippi Longstocking, Mrs Pepperpot, the Worst Witch.

One of my favourites, that I read many times, was The Swish of the Curtain. It was on TV too, and I loved it.

PookBob · 02/05/2015 23:23

I loved The Bullerby Children. I really wanted to slam a door to extract a tooth!

ISpyPlumPie · 02/05/2015 23:23

Was just about to mention Anastasia Ruth! I also loved Judy Blume, The Worst Witch, Mallory Towers and The Secret Seven.

FuckingLiability · 02/05/2015 23:33

The Willard Price adventure books.

Lois Duncan.

Louise Lawrence, Andra, Warriors of Taan and Children of the Dust

TondelayoSchwarzkopf · 02/05/2015 23:36

A lot of these and the Josepheine pulleign Thompson horse books.

Little house on the prairie
What Katie Did

MagratGarlik · 02/05/2015 23:38

Famous Five (ds1 also enjoyed these)
The Faraway Tree
Mallory Towers
Judy Blume (as a teenager)
I loved those books that had multiple different endings, depending on the choices you made during the book.
I think in the late '80s, I read Robin Jarvis, Deptford Mice series, who appears to still be writing. His books are fab.

Hated the Little Women series (but plodded through them, because my friends liked them) and hated Secret Seven.

Coffeethrowtrampbitch · 02/05/2015 23:40

Silver brumby series
Jinny and Shantih series by Patricia Leitch
Narnia series
The hobbit

Primadonnagirl · 02/05/2015 23:45

Ballet shoes
Felicia the critic
The wheel on the school
Mrs pepper pot
The lion the witch and the Wardrobe
Malory towers and St Clare's
Pippi long stocking
.... I know these cos I've collected them again recently and it's been a fantastic trip down memory lane

FuckingLiability · 02/05/2015 23:48


The Giant Under the Snow
The Wierdstone of Brisengarmen/Moon of Gomrath
The Owl Service
A Dog So Small
The Secret Garden

ChristianGreyIsAJackass · 02/05/2015 23:50

Roald Dahl, i loved all of them.

FuckingLiability · 02/05/2015 23:51

Oh yes! Roald Dahl. I loved Danny the Champion of the World.

Autumndays14 · 02/05/2015 23:54

Wow, PookBob I can't believe someone else has read the bullerby children too! I loved them. I read lots of the above mentioned and also Stig of the Dump and the Cruise of the Happy Go Gay about an aunt who goes on a voyage with her nieces. Really good story.

GloriousGloria · 03/05/2015 00:02

Roald Dahl
Point horror and

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